Columbus Blue Jackets Lose Josh Anderson for Four Weeks

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The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that right winger Josh Anderson is sidelined for approximately four weeks with a knee injury.

Josh Anderson Injured

Anderson was injured after a hip check from Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov in the Blue Jackets’ 5-1 victory on Monday night. The 23-year-old Burlington, Ontario native landed awkwardly and left the game, but did return to finish it. Medical officials ruled it a knee sprain after the game.

So far this season, he scored 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points. He has also added 40 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 53.8 percent CorsiĀ and a relative Corsi of 3.4.

Over his four-year NHL career, Anderson has played exclusively with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has put up 36 goals and 27 assists for 63 career points in 157 career games. He was originally drafted in the fourth round, 95th overall of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets.

What This Means for the Future

Losing Anderson will make life difficult as they try to hang onto a playoff spot. Anderson and Artemi Panarin are tied for the team lead with 18 goals. He’s fifth on the team in points. He’s surpassed his career-high in goals, which he set last season with 17.

Columbus has gone through a rash of injuries that are testing the team’s depth. Luckily the Blue Jackets got some reinforcements in Mark Letestu from the Edmonton Oilers and Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks. Coach John Tortorella will need immediate production from these new acquisitions.

There’s hope that captain Nick Foligno will be available when the team starts its California road trip against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Columbus currently holds the second wild-card spot over the New York Islanders by four points.

Anderson had gone six of his last seven games without a poin but is a key component for the Jackets.

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